Next Article in Journal
Mixed-Species Effects on Soil C and N Stocks, C/N Ratio and pH Using a Transboundary Approach in Adjacent Common Garden Douglas-Fir and Beech Stands
Next Article in Special Issue
Trailblazing the Carbon Cycle of Tropical Forests from Puerto Rico
Previous Article in Journal
Spatial Patterns of Canopy Disturbance, Structure, and Species Composition in a Multi-Cohort Hardwood Stand
Article Menu
Issue 3 (March) cover image

Export Article

Open AccessCommentary
Forests 2017, 8(3), 94; doi:10.3390/f8030094

A Forest Service Vision during the Anthropocene

1
The Northern Research Station, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, Newtown Square, PA 19073, USA
2
The Forest Products Laboratory, USDA Forest Service, Madison, WI 53726, USA
3
The USDA Forest Service (the “Forest Service”) (now retired) for the Keynote Talk at the Institute’s 75th Anniversary Symposium to be held at the Inés María Mendoza Park located on the grounds of the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation in San Juan, on 21 May 2014.
Academic Editors: Grizelle González and Ariel E. Lugo
Received: 21 January 2017 / Revised: 16 March 2017 / Accepted: 17 March 2017 / Published: 22 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tropical Forest Ecology and Management for the Anthropocene)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [1594 KB, uploaded 22 March 2017]   |  

Abstract

During the history of the Forest Service, human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment; the time being called the Anthropocene. As we look ahead and strive to continue our mission of sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet our current and future needs, we must be more flexible to focus our actions to better meet the contemporary conservation challenges now and ahead. During this era of intense human activity, a changing climate; development and loss of open space; resource consumption; destructive invasive species; and diversity in core beliefs and values will test our task relevant maturity—ability and willingness to meet the growing demands for services. The Forest Service is now on a transformative campaign to improve our abilities and meet these challenges, including forest resiliency through restorative actions. There are several things we must do to ensure we are brilliantly competitive to address the contemporary conservation needs along a complex rural to urban land gradient, now and ahead. The intent of this paper is to present one person’s view of what this “campaign of our campaign” should include. View Full-Text
Keywords: Anthropocene; Forest Service; vision; contemporary conservation Anthropocene; Forest Service; vision; contemporary conservation
Figures

Figure 1

This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. (CC BY 4.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Rains, M.T. A Forest Service Vision during the Anthropocene. Forests 2017, 8, 94.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Forests EISSN 1999-4907 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top